A new piece of medical equipment is being tested right now called the Pedisedate. Basically, it is a headset that is placed on a child before they are admitted to surgery. The device connects to a Game Boy or portable CD player (yup, not a Nintendo DS or iPod — apparently the Pedisedate also transports you to 1996) and a snorkel-like piece swings forward and is placed over the child’s nose. As the kid plays videogames or listens to music, nitrous oxide, an anesthetic gas, is emitted through the snorkel and puts the child to sleep.

  • Chozo
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    973 months ago

    The device connects to a Game Boy or portable CD player (yup, not a Nintendo DS or iPod — apparently the Pedisedate also transports you to 1996)

    I wonder if the writer realized that he would be transporting future readers to 2009 by referencing a DS and an iPod.

    • body_by_make
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      353 months ago

      Haha a DS or iPod, not a Nintendo Switch or smart phone.

      Welcome back to 2024, time travelers.

      • @aeronmelon
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        133 months ago

        Actually, can I just go back to 2009? Or better yet, 1996?

    • M137
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      33 months ago

      The DS came out in 2004 and the iPod in 2001.

      Why did you choose 2009 out of all years? That’s two years after the iPhone came out.

      • Chozo
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        63 months ago

        2009 was the date the article was posted.

  • @[email protected]
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    3 months ago

    As the kid plays videogames or listens to music, nitrous oxide, an anesthetic gas, is emitted through the snorkel and puts the child to sleep.

    Finally!

    A humane way to euthanize our children!

  • @[email protected]
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    513 months ago

    Over-engineered nonsense. It “hooks up” to any 3.5mm audio jack. It literally does nothing except create a headset. The sedation happens independently of whether or not you’re playing 6 Gold Coins or listening to Ace of Base.

    • @givesomefucks
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      43 months ago

      It’s to make the kid comfortable.

      Put this scary shit on

      Isn’t very convincing, but add “it comes attached to a Gameboy” and they’d want to out it on.

      The headphone jack could have done nothing, but likely had something to do with time release. Kid gets to play for a minute then gets knocked out.

      Like sure, you could just hold the kid down and chloroform the kid against their will, but in the scale of modern healthcare, this cost nothing. Even a small increase in compliance is worth it.

    • @aeronmelon
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      153 months ago

      “TWENTY TWENTY TWENTY MORE LEVELS TO GO…”

  • @pete_the_cat
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    Nitrous Oxide doesn’t knock you out, it just (deeply) sedates you and is a moderate pain killer.

    With IV administered general anesthesia you’re knocked out in literal seconds, it’s wild if you’ve never experienced it. I’ve been “put under” three times: twice to have my 4 wisdom teeth removed and once for inguinal hernia surgery. It messes you up for a good hour or two post-surgery though.

    The effects of Nitrous Oxide are reversed within a few minutes of cessation of exposure to the gas (I’ve done it recreationally numerous times, inhaling it while drunk is a wild experience everything is in slow motion like you’re looking into a strobe light).

    • @[email protected]
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      143 months ago

      Damn when I got my wisdom teeth removed they gave me chewing pills and all I remember was taking them then waking up and being shown the pieces of teeth. Supposedly I was incessantly singing Bohemian rhapsody even though I didn’t think I knew the lyrics.

      • @[email protected]
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        93 months ago

        I find it quite interesting that they do this in the US even at the dentist. I’ve had all 4 wisdom tooth removed by local anesthesia. I was perfectly consciouss the whole time.

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          Yeah man… I wish they knock me out, ugh even if doesn’t hurt… it’s eternal I just want it to end…

          Although I would feel like that guy in the new tv show of Ted that doesn’t trust it and I would be afraid of saying some weird thing/secret…

          And ugh lucky I don’t go there anymore… my previous dentist talked to me…but like sometimes asked questions, like man I have this thing hat sucks the water and you are working on my mouth… don’t ask shit and continue working.

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            13 months ago

            I had to get a lot of dental work done one year, and I was just like “hey, I’m gunna listen to this book while you do this, if that’s ok. If you need me to pause just like tap my forehead or something”. If it was today I’d probably watch videos or something but this was like 10 years ago.

            He was thrilled, said it’s kinda awkward sometimes to have a one-sided conversation, especially when the work takes a while. Dental work isn’t really something they need to talk to you about while doing it.

            Maybe give that a try if you need future work done. :)

        • @[email protected]
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          23 months ago

          It’s definitely not always done with general anesthesia in the US, unless standards have changed in the last couple decades? I had all mine taken out in the 2000s with just local.

      • @[email protected]
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        73 months ago

        even though I didn’t think I knew the lyrics

        Did they remove teeth and install antennas? Made you into a radio?

      • @Madison420
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        23 months ago

        No anesthesia side from local, an addictive personality is a bitch to deal with lol. It’s not at all as bad as you’d expect.

  • @EdibleFriend
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    373 months ago

    The website for the device isn’t loading, maybe it explains further but…how does the gameboy even factor into the equation? Does it control the gas in some way? It has to do something other then what you could already do…hand the kid a game boy as the anesthesiologist does their thing?

  • @[email protected]
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    363 months ago

    I don’t understand why it has to be connected to anything? Why can’t they just play Gameboy while being sedated normally?

    • @[email protected]
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      263 months ago

      Why aren’t they just being sedated the regular way with no gameboy? Shit takes seconds to kick in.

        • jan teli
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          23 months ago

          This sedation boring ah hell

      • @ThatWeirdGuy1001
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        Kids aren’t rational and doctors visits are scary enough when it’s a simple check up let alone getting put under for surgery.

        I’m not saying this is a good solution but if it helps keep the kids calm then ¯⁠\⁠_⁠(⁠ツ⁠)⁠_⁠/⁠¯

        • @[email protected]
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          13 months ago

          but like why not just give them a console while you sedate them normally? how does connecting it to a device in any way help? how does it do anything?

        • Echo Dot
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          I had a lot of surgery when I was a kid, and I can honestly say it never really bothered me, the injection hurt but that was about it. Why would I’m be bothered by it, it was perfectly safe they’d already told me that.

          It’s only adults that worry about going into surgery. We know the odds are good will be okay but not 100%. Kids don’t know any of this so they’re perfectly happy with it all.

  • @mlg
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    183 months ago

    This connects with a regular 3.5mm jack which means that it could easily be connected to anything, including a DS.

    • Nougat
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      I wonder if there’s something about it having to pass some special testing to qualify as a medical device? DS has wifi, right? Which means that with a DS, there is a pathway to “hack” into it without physical access. (I know, not really, but I would understand why you wouldn’t want to wifi-enable a device that anaesthesizes children.)

      • nomad
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        63 months ago

        Its probably not possible to access the anaestesia device via an analog audio jack. The anastesia control and the device are completely separate.

        • MrScottyTay
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          53 months ago

          It’s probably more that a DS wouldn’t be allowed in the room for to it’s wireless communications and not for having reasons just for pollution of the radiowaves in the area. So a Gameboy sufficed and Nintendo at the time probably had a load of stock in a warehouse that they could donate.

          • @[email protected]
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            33 months ago

            As if Nintendo would donate anything. The probable reason for using a Gameboy instead of a DS is that Nintendo wanted too much for licencing the use of the DS.

        • Nougat
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          I was looking at the picture and the headset and device were both the same purple, which made me think it was “all one thing.”

  • Resol van Lemmy
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    123 months ago

    I still wonder if AVGN will get his hands on this and actually get sedated like he always wanted to.

    • @[email protected]
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      53 months ago

      i hope someone sends him one, like for his virtual boy review he did every game except one that was super rare and a fan sent in the game so he can officially be done with the virtual boy for good

      • Resol van Lemmy
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        23 months ago

        I also wonder if this item is even allowed to be owned by regular consumers that don’t work in hospitals. If that’s not the case, it would be significantly more difficult for someone to do that. But one can dream.

    • body_by_make
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      73 months ago

      So my sister can wreck my Pokémon yellow save? Not on your life

    • MrScottyTay
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      23 months ago

      They’re not under, just sedated. It’s likely they just keep playing to keep their attention elsewhere while they do whatever? Unless they get heavily sedated then the doctors and nurses could just take it out of their hands.